Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mauricio Castro with Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum. Renderings courtesy of HOK.
As part of a public RFP project to develop existing surface parking facilities, the relocation and redevelopment of the current International Swimming Hall of Fame was considered as a two-part project that envisioned a much more recognizable location of the ISHOF facility, along with the addition of 1200 new parking spaces, and new high density residential buildings that would provide for a unique new waterfront opportunity on the Intracoastal Waterway. The new site for the ISHOF would be composed of a four-story mixed-use building housing the ISHOF on top of a new parking structure. From the street, however, the facility and parking structure would be disguised as a series of buildings, inspired by the vernacular tradition of grandiose Floridian architecture such as the Breakers in Palm Beach or the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.